Friday, May 22, 2009

Is Tom Coburn Not Going to Seek Re-Election?

There's been much speculation as to whether or not Oklahoma's junior senator, Tom Coburn, will seek to run for his seat again this year. The one term senator, who also spent six years in the House, has been surprisingly mum about his plans. An announcement made earlier this week, indicated that Coburn would declare his intentions some time in the next couple of weeks.

However, there are interesting indications from other politicos that makes it look like Coburn might return to his medical practice. Word is out today, that J.C. Watts is considering a run for Coburn's senate seat, rather than making a run for Governor as speculated. Also, former governor Frank Keating is said to be eyeing a run for Coburn's seat, as well.

This begs the obvious question. Why would either high profile Republican be considering a run for the Senate, if they believed Coburn was going to seek re-election? As such, it is obvious that rumors that Coburn won't run have reached a level where prospective candidates now feel comfortable letting their interest in a senatorial run leak out to the public.

I for one, will be very disappointed if Coburn doesn't run again. Color me a big fan.

1 comment:

Jai Blevins said...

I will be deeply saddened if Senator Coburn does not run. I hope this is much ado about nothing!